“I think my Kung Fu beats his Karate” – Kevin Holland looking for Stephen Thompson KO at UFC Orlando


Kevin Holland returns to the Octagon with one goal in mind: to knock out Stephen Thompson.

Following his first-round loss to Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 279, Holland surprised fans and the media by announcing his sudden retirement from mixed martial arts. However, like most MMA retirements, this one was short-lived, and the “Trailblazer” was set to fight again in the UFC Orlando headliner against Thompson.

Sharing the Octagon with someone like Thompson was a dream for Holland, who told Ariel Helwani on MMA hour recently that he would never turn down a “Wonderboy” fight, especially since it’s a “much bigger” opportunity for him. And he’s excited to build on that by doing what only one fighter — Anthony Pettis — has done to Thompson in his pro career.

“I don’t plan on going out there and shooting for eliminations against ‘Wonderboy’,” Holland said. “I mean, to be 100% honest with you, I’m planning on putting ‘Wonderboy’ down. I think ‘Wonderboy’ is a fantastic fighter, I think his style is wonderful, that’s his name. But that being said, Pettis was able to knock him out and I think I’m going to be able to knock him out. I think Pettis was able to find his chin and I think I will be able to find his chin. And I think when I find his chin, I think I hit a little harder than Anthony Pettis. So we will find out.

Although set on his game plan for Thompson, Holland admitted there was a risk in getting in there and trying to trade with him. But it’s the one he’s ready to take, so he always sees his hand up.

“Don’t get me wrong, a lot of people who go out and bang ‘Wonderboy’ usually look crazy,” Holland said. Geoff Neal, friend and foe. Dude can hit. The guy can hit really well, he couldn’t hit with ‘Wonderboy’. Vicente Luque, hitting really well – and they’re two completely different hitting styles – couldn’t hit with ‘Wonderboy’. You know? Pettis is a smart asshole, he gets it.

“I like to think I’m pretty crafty too,” Holland continued. “I think I can understand. I think my Kung Fu beats his Karate.

UFC Orlando takes place on Saturday, December 3 at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

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